Digital citizenship and civic action: strategies and tools from Elections Canada

How can we find out if information about elections or political issues is something we can trust? How can you take action to make a difference? Those are the inquiry questions in Digital Skills for Democracy and Civic Action: Then and Now, two free resources from Elections Canada. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will experience the lessons as your students would. You'll participate in activities using our blended learning adaptations and gain confidence to teach about elections and democracy. Find out how you can equip your students with strategies to determine the trustworthiness of the information they find online and to use a framework so that they can take action in their own communities. These resources link to BC curricula in many subjects, such as social studies, political studies, history, law, media and language arts.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Elections Canada
    Rachel Collishaw

    Rachel Collishaw is an award-winning secondary teacher. She is the Pedagogical Advisor in Civic Education at Elections Canada. She is a recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the author of several textbooks and learning resources that support inquiry and literacy for all learners.

  • Quebec
    Zoe Flatman

    Zoe Flatman (she/her) is an award-winning teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching Civics, History, Economics and Social Sciences in the Toronto District School Board. She has been a curriculum writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and is currently on a secondment with Elections Canada as the civic education coordinator in the Greater Toronto Area. Zoe has a passion for global citizenship, sustainability, and civic engagement.